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The tiger beetle (Cicindela chinensis japonica) is a new addition to New Leaf. It is a skittish ground-dwelling bug. It is slow-moving at first but speeds up when approached carelessly. If ran past or if the net is swung in its vicinity it will immediately flee and disappear.

Capture quotes

"I caught a tiger beetle! Who was really hunting whom?" —New Leaf
"I caught a tiger beetle! I pounced first!" —New Horizons

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

An information board in the bug exhibit in the museum lists information about this bug.

"Tiger Beetles are known for their aggressive habits and fast running speed. Their bodies are rather colorful and reflect the sunshine, giving them a shimmery appearance. Tiger-Beetle larvae live in cylindrical burrows and capture insects that wander past with their mandibles."

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The tiger beetle is extremely fleet of foot, though it runs in a rather peculiar way. That is, it sprints, then stops, then sprints again...using these speedy maneuvers to run down its prey. You see, the tiger beetlelike a real tiger―is a powerful predator. The mere thought of it giving chase gives me the willies. Tigers are terrifying at any size."

Encyclopedia information

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Tiger beetle
"I caught a tiger beetle! Who was really hunting whom?"
Size 19.6 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring-Summer

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Tiger beetle
"I caught a tiger beetle! I pounced first!"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) February to October
Months active (south) August to April


Further information

Tiger beetle

A real-life tiger beetle.

Main article: Cicindela chinensis japonica on Wikipedia

The tiger beetle, true to its namesake, is a quick and aggressive hunter, with some species reaching speeds of up to nine kilometers (or about five and a half miles) per hour. The tiger beetle is so fast that when running it temporarily loses its vision--its eyes simply cannot register imagery at that speed, so the tiger beetle is forced to run in zig-zags to keep itself aware of its surroundings.

In other languages

Tiger beetle
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ハンミョウ Hanmyō
Flag of France small French Cicindèle
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo tigre
Flag of Germany small German Sandlaufkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Cicindela
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Zandloopkever
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Жук-скакун Juk-skakun
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 虎甲虫/虎甲蟲 Hǔjiǎchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 길앞잡이 Girapjabi

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